Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Call to Disarm

Driving around Bujumbura, it's impossible not to see these massive billboards urging Burundians to voluntarily disarm. I was recently told that everyone is armed--while Bujumbura seems perfectly safe with the exception of the petty theft and muggings typical of most cities--areas outside Bujumbura are not always safe.

Posters such as these are hard to ignore
Hand grenades are available in the black market for just over $1 each, and are used for revenge, or in arguments. They're apparently so omnipresent that there are many accidents, as well. Earlier this month, I heard that one accidentally went off in Bujumbura--a man carried a grenade for security, and accidentally let it slip, killing him and injuring 9 others. There is a disarmament program in full swing, and I believe it's in coordination with the United Nations. Occasionally, they'll blow up weapons caches here. It's when you hear things like that that you realize that Burundi really is a post-conflict society.


Blogger Tom Niblock said...

Morgan, I found your blog!

$1 hand grenades sure puts a new twists on the "Dollar Menu" idea...would you like ordnance with that?

6/24/2009 8:10 PM  
Blogger Morgan C. said...

just don't super size it...

6/25/2009 4:15 AM  

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